It's the weekend, which makes it the perfect time for rumors to drop about Microsoft's plans for in the wearable space. Today a rumor is making the rounds that Microsoft's smartwatch will come this October with eleven sensors, open APIs and more — and competing smack in the middle of the first wave of Android Wear devices — including the Moto 360, and possibly Apple's long-rumored iWatch.
We've seen actual patent filings on what Microsoft has planned for your wrist. And the latest rumors don't stretch the imagination too much.
When it comes to the patent filings, we've seen it pop up twice. The first sighting shared details like fitness-tracking features, a removable body, a smartwatch dock and more. The second sighting showed us more of the actual device, which you can see above in an image.
So what are the latest rumors?
Tom's Hardware is reporting that a 'Microsoft Smartband' will come this October with 11 sensors, open APIs and cross-platform compatibility. They also state that the display will be on the underside of the band.
An October release date isn't too far-fetched at all, and it's something we've heard ourselves. We also know that the smartwatch (or smartband) will come with a variety of sensors. Because to release one without would be utterly insane.
The folks at Tom's Hardware are also reporting that the cross-platform compatibility means you'll be able to buy this device and use it with Windows Phone, iOS or Android. Which would actually be a really good move for Microsoft and one that would help differentiate against competitors. Consumers would be more likely to be a smartwatch if it didn't lock them into one ecosystem.
Anyways, some interesting stuff to think about this weekend. Do you already have a smartwatch or fitness tracker?
Source: Tom's Hardware